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N250million Donations: Beware of fraudsters – NCC warns

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) today warned Nigerians to be careful and not to fall victims to the activities of fraudsters bent on swindling them on Davido’s N250 million charity donations.

The Commission said it discovered while undertaking online social listening that an ostensibly syndicated group is on the prowl to swindle unsuspecting members of the public on the donations.

The commission warned Nigerians through a statement by its the Director of Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, that millions of Nigerian telecom consumers could fall victims of the fraudsters who are “capitalising on the generosity of David Adedeji Adeleke, widely known as Davido” to launch the scam.

The NCC said: “The Nigerian-American music star, songwriter and producer recently announced he would donate 250 million naira to various orphanage homes across Nigeria.

“Exploiting Davido’s benevolence, a group of scammers rolled out an advertorial titled “Davido Airtime and Data Giveaway”, which went viral, claiming that Davido is “giving out free 5K Airtime and 10GB Internet data of All Networks” to celebrate his birthday.

“In the advertorial, the general public is urged to hurry and get the gift by clicking on the links that supposedly redirect them to network sites, where they will be credited with airtime and data. This is a scam.

“The NCC wishes to advise our teeming telecom consumers to have nothing to do with the advert or any similar bogus enticements. The adverts are what they are – social engineering rip-offs designed to get people’s MSISDN and other information that fraudsters can use later to defraud unsuspecting telecom consumers and members of the public.

“For clarity, the MSISDN is simply the full phone number of a cellphone, in addition to other protocol information. This number is unique and identifies subscribers/owners in a GSM or other mobile networks.

“Therefore, it suffices to state that any unscrupulous person or unethical hacker can use the number and attendant protocol to undermine the privacy of the real owners of the number through identity theft and other scams.

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